Congratulations to Year 11 student, Leila Dickinson, who has just won first place in the young people’s category in Guernsey’s International Poetry Competition 2014. Leila’s poem was among 33 poems chosen by Sir Andrew Motion – poet, novelist, biographer and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009.
Since 2008, 33 buses that serve the island of Guernsey have travelled around carrying poems. For the last two years, a third of these poems have been popping up on posters, at the airport, in museums, libraries, at street festivals, on the beach, always on the move, in impromptu exhibitions all over the Channel Islands.
Leila’s winning entry, Bedside Table, will be displayed all over the island in Guernsey airport and on buses as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival later in the year. Leila has also been given the opportunity to attend the awards event and read her poem at the festival.